VariCam LT LA Launch


Last night we joined hundreds of industry professionals at the Directors Guild of America LA building for a well-run presentation of the VariCam LT. After a nice sizzle reel of VariCam 35 projects and testimonials from filmmakers, Mr. Miyagi, Director of Panasonic’s Professional Video Business Unit,  unveiled the new camera with unmistakable enthusiasm. read more…

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Sony a6300 APS-C


  Feb 3, 2016. New York. Sony introduced a new APS-C size mirrorless e-mount still / UHD video camera:  the α6300. It shares the same e-mount as the full frame α7 — flange depth of 18mm. 24.2 MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)… read more…

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Fujinon Moves to Cypress, CA


If you’ve been going to Redondo Beach for Fujinon lens service for the past 21 years, it’s time to reprogram your GPS. Fujinon’s Western Service and Sales facility is moving to a big, new Fujifilm location in Cypress, CA beginning Feb… read more…

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II


Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR was introduced on February 1. It’s a Full Frame 35mm (24x36mm) high-end professional still camera that also shoots 4K video. This is the camera that will be seen, and used, during the election season, at the summer Olympic games, and wherever  flagship Canon DSLRs tend to go. read more…

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Ed Lachman ASC on Super 16mm “Carol”


Rarely has a film looked as beautiful as “Carol,” especially a film shot in Super 16mm. A lot of stars aligned. Todd Haynes directed. Ed Lachman, ASC was the cinematographer, with breathtaking lighting, moving camera, motivated reflections, mirrors, flares, streaks and muted colors. There was a confluence of excellent choices: among them, Cooke vintage lenses, Kodak Vision3 16mm film, Arriscan, and two great actresses, gorgeously glowing in muted lightread more…

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Masaya Maeda named next Canon President


Canon Inc. announced that Senior Managing Director Masaya Maeda will succeed Fujio Mitarai as President in March. Mr. Mitarai will remain chairman and CEO. The Japan Times writes that  Mitarai told a news conference in Tokyo that Maeda was chosen because of his efforts to position Canon at the top of the digital camera market. “As a digital leader, (Maeda) was one step ahead in advancing the digitalization of cameras,” Mitarai said. Maeda formerly led Canon’s camera division and launched the Cinema EOS series. read more…

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Imperial Hotel Tokyo


  The story of the Imperial Hotel‘s triple reincarnation in Tokyo reads like a film script, full of drama, disasters, earthquakes, fires, conflict, rivalries and resolution. When in Tokyo, an antidote for “Lost in Translation” ennui is the Imperial Hotel. You… read more…

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Panasonic Yamagata Lens Factory Tour


Tendo City, Yamagata is a one-hour flight north from Tokyo’s  Haneda Airport. The mountainous area is known for its hot springs, ramen and soba noodles, and factories that make most of Japan’s Shogi (chess) sets. We are here to visit a different kind of factory: Panasonic’s Yamagata Lens Factory. A year earlier, Panasonic’s principal  lens designer Mr. Kazutake Boku had suggested a visit to their optical factory. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever written about before,” he said. So here we are. read more…

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Milton Keslow 1935-2015


The motion picture business mourns the loss of yet another prominent member in the past week. Milton L. Keslow, Co-Founder of General Camera and founder of Keslow Television, passed away on December 29, 2015, at age 80. read more…

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Linus Sandgren, Re-Coated and Vintage Glass


LINUS SANDGREN: “For “Joy,” I worked with CamTec Motion Picture Camera Rentals. Kavon Elhami and the crew there have been experimenting with vintage lenses for a long time. In our current digital era, we cinematographers need to find ways to make the image interesting. The trend to use vintage lenses has been booming…” read more…

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC 1930-2016


Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born June 16, 1930 in Szeged, Hungary. In 1956, he filmed the Hungarian Revolution and escaped to the West. He originally wound up in Germany. But then he said, “As long as we’re this far, might as well go to Hollywood.”  In 1971 , Robert Altman hired Vilmos to shoot “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” His next films have become classics: “Deliverance” ( John Boorman), “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” (Michael Cimino), “Cinderella Liberty” (Mark Rydell), “Sugarland Express” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (Steven Spielberg), “Blow Out,” “The Black Dahlia,” and  “The Bonfire of the Vanities”  (Brian de Palma), “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Melinda and Melinda,” and “Cassandra’s Dream” (Woody Allen).” In 1977, Vilmos Zsigmond received an Oscar for best cinematography on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”  In 1997, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Camerimage, and in 1999 from the American Society of Cinematographers. In 2014, Vilmos was honored with the Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS Award at the Cannes Film Festival. read more…

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Haskell Wexler, ASC 1922-2015


Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away today. He was 93. Haskell won Academy Awards as Cinematographer on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He was  writer-director-cinematographer of the film that inspired me to get into film: Medium Cool. Here’s the… read more…

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Merry Holidays, Happy New Year


With best wishes for Merry Holidays, and hoping we will all climb to happy new heights in the new year!    


Heated Gear


If your teeth start chattering while watching “The Hateful 8” and “The Revenant,” or the thought of frigid locations this winter make your blood run cold, now you’ll be able to stay warmer with cordless heated jackets: Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear. Probably the most versatile jacket for a camera operator sitting on a freezing crane all day  is the Heated 3-in-1 Ripstop Jacket & Heated Ripstop Vest. read more…

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Twinkle Twinkle


Only 6 shopping days until Christmas. Design and configure your own multi-colored rainbow coated tripod with Mac Group’s MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod. Choose from 12 colors and 792 combinations.



It was like science class at InterBEE — where AJA introduced their new Ki Pro Ultra. AJA’s  Andy Bellamy starred as your favorite physics teacher (with Eric Hamilton simultaneously translating to Japanese). The Ki Pro Ultra is the latest member of the family. It’s a 4K Recorder/Player with 4.8″ HD Monitor and two AJA Pak Media SSD slots. read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2015 Slideshow


Band Pro’s annual Open House opened on December 10 at their Burbank offices. New Products on display included Leica’s 16mm and 135mm Leica Summilux-C lenses from CW Sonderoptik, IB/E Optics Macro FF Primes, updates to Cinetech Italiana’s Capinera Dolly, Movcam products from 16x9inc,  ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4, and much more. Thirty other brands were inside the big white tent for hundreds of attendees to try out and to meet with company representatives. Continue to view the slideshow… read more…


IB/E Optics Macro Full Frame – Updated


The Full Frame (24×36) Cine format race is heating up and focusing closer. A new line of FF Macro Cine Lenses were introduced at the Band Pro Open House on December 10 in Burbank by IB/E President Klaus Eckerl and Band Pro President Amnon Band. The first focal lengths in the new IB/E Macro FF lens family are 100mm T2.9, 150mm T2.9, and 180mm T2.9. They all cover Full Frame (24×36 mm / 44 mm diagonal). Close focus is 1:1 magnification.

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The Calling of Vittorio Storaro

13. Vittorio and the set of the ancient city of Mecca

At Camerimage, Director Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC presented their film “Muhammad, the Messenger of God.” They were awarded a Special Duo Prize for Director and Cinematographer working together on a film. It will be screened at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater at 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from Friday December 11 to Thursday December 17.

I met with Vittorio on October 12 at his hotel in New York. He was filming the latest Woody Allen feature, not on film, but on digital. read more…

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Sumo Tenba Cooper Messenger Bags


Sumo wrestling in Japan began as a Shinto ritual and became a sport in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The original wrestlers may have been samurai or rōnin (freelance samurai). Somewhat like ronin cinematographers or ronin camera assistants who supplement their incomes by designing things…. read more…

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